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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator


Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Aptos High


831-728-7832 ext. 5186

 Pajaro Valley High

Mondays & Fridays  

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

 Watsonville High

Wednesdays & Thursdays

831-728-6390 ext. 6477


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Scholarship List


View scholarships on a month to month deadline

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August 2019

Make Me Laugh Scholarship 

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: August 31, 2019
Open to students over the age of 13. Write a short essay trying to make the judges laugh.  It can a funny story, joke, just something that makes

them laugh.

September 2019

Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: September 6, 2019

This scholarship is a $1,000 award for students (past or active) in the California High School Rodeo Association, District 4 or California 4-H Horse Program in the same geographic areas.  District 4 encompasses San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and Contra Costa counties. The scholarship may be used at a college or professional technical school of choice.

Cameron Impact Scholarship

Amount: $20,000-$50,000    Deadline: September 13, 2019

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation (“Foundation”) awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.The applicant must display academic excellence ( 3.7 grade point average), excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities, demonstrate active participation in community service, be a motivated leader with a strong work ethic and social acumen. Must be a citizen and be  the high school graduating Class of 2019, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year.

The Gates Scholarship

Amount: Full Scholarship        Deadline: September 15, 2019

Basic Eligibility

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 

 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.

Ideal Candidate

  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

Questbridge College Match Scholarship

Amount: Full, four year scholarship        Deadline: September 26, 2019

The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. Criteria:1) Academic Achievement: High GPA and high SAT/ACT scores 2)Financial Qualifications: Typically households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four. 3) Personal Circumstances: Parents' level of education/Extenuating circumstances/Extracurricular achievements.


October 2019

AES Engineering Services

Amount:  $500     Deadline: October 6, 2019

Open to high school seniors. This scholarship is intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. There is no application, submit essays to

College Jumpstart Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: October 17, 2019

Open to 10th-12th graders. Merit based scholarship, financial need isn't a consideration.  Students must be committed to continuing their education.  Can be used at any trade school, college or university in the US

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

 Amount: Up to $100,000  Deadline: October 17,  2019

They are looking for students ages 18-24* to enter this year’s Tuition Giveaway. All Entrants must be a U.S. legal resident.


Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount:$2,500-$25,000     Deadline: October 25, 2019

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.Open to high school seniors. National, state, vocational and targeted scholarships offered. Students can be going to a 2 or 4 year college. Financial assistance needed-family income of $55,000 or less, involvement in community service and co-curricular activities. GPA 2 or higher and must be a U.S. Citizen.

Coca Cola Scholarship

Amount: $1,000- $20,000      Deadline: October 31, 2019 2pm

This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Must be U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees: Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or humanitarian paroles and have a 3 GPA by the end of their junior year.

November 2019

Most Valuable Student

Amount: Up to $50,000     Deadline: November 5, 2019

Open to high school seniors. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately. Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. Applicants will be judged on leadership, academic achievements and records, community involvment and financial need. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Up to 40,000/yr     Deadline: November 13, 2019

This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Minimum eligibility – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2020, Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2020Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above, Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.  No ss# required

Good Tidings Scholarship

Amount: 10 @ $10,000     Deadline: November 14, 2019

Criteria is based on community service and financial need.  Must plan on attending college, vocational, or continuing education.  Applicant must be a high school senior graduating in 2020 and a resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, or Yolo. no SS# required.  Agreement to volunteer a minimum 1 shift (~2-4 hours) at our Good Tidings' Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaway Program between 12/5  - 12/23/19 in Burlingame, CA.  Winners must attend GT's Holiday Event and Summit.

December 2019


2020 National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar Application

Amount: $10,000   Deadline: December 2, 2019

Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields. The recipient must be available to speak at the 2019 Goddard Memorial Dinner in January. Travel and lodging for the recipient and one guest will be provided by the National Space Club and Foundation.Conditions of Eligibility   

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students.
  • The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with a preference for those with space related interests.
  • The applicant can only use the $10,000.00 scholarship towards tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • The applicant must not have previously spoken at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.
  • The applicant may apply for any of the scholarships offered by the National Space Club and Foundation (Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship, Olin E Teague Scholarship, Keynote Scholarship) in the same year, but may only win one in the same year.


Amount:$1,000 Deadline: December 31, 2019

The scholarship is for high school seniors planning to attend a career school participating in the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program. (Participating career schools are listed at To qualify, applicants must graduate in calendar year 2019 with a GPA of 2.5 or above and enroll in a participating career college. Applicants may also be requested to demonstrate commitment to community service and/or financial need


June 2020


El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: June 30, 2020

3.0 GPA or higher, must attend an accredited university in the U.S.A in the fall.



Ongoing Scholarships

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: Monthly

Open to juniors and seniors. Students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the scholarship.


Monterey County Hospitality Association

Amount: Up to $2,000 

The Scholarships assist students pursing degrees in hotel management, culinary studies, wine and other hospitality fields. Priority goes first and foremost to Monterey county residents. Applicants from San Benito and Santa Cruz counties will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale a minimum of 100 hours of hospitality/wine related work or internship experience; have applied and gained acceptance to a hospitality/wine related post-secondary program either full-time or substantial part-time in the US or US territories .

Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund

Amount: $250-$2,500 

Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements. Students will the highest scores at the end of each completion win.

Marine Corps NROTC

Amount: Full tuition

Must be a US citizen.  SAT scores of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 22.  Apply to one of the approved NROTC colleges.  For more information, contact Captain Melanie Clifton at 510-714-3144 or  

Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program.  Sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly.  


AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Scholarships 

Amount: $1,000 

Scholarships are awarded based on talent, merit, academic excellence and financial need.  Must attend AMDA.  Visit for more information


Last updated 4/8/2019




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Websites / Resources

E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)


E4FC has developed resources to help undocumented students across the United States find scholarships to pay for college. (Click here for Scholarship Database)



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